South Carolina animal officials chased an Oconee County dog whose head was trapped in a pipe for a week before the stray was finally freed.
The pipe, wrapped around the dog’s head with his snout protruding just enough for him to eat and drink, finally fell off on Monday.
The dog, now affectionately named Piper, was too suspicious of Oconee County Animal Control personnel to go anywhere near them. Workers stalked Piper with traps and tranquilizer guns hoping to outsmart him and remove the piece of ductwork for a week.
"We're doing the best we can. It's getting kind of aggravating because the dog is very timid and scared of people, but we're doing the best we can," Senior Animal Control Officer Ryan Overton told the New York Daily News on Friday.
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Kelly Blair, with Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation, said her group was also looking for Piper but locals firing guns Saturday night stymied the search.
Just as officials caught up to the dog Monday, the pipe fell off.
Piper was examined by a veterinarian Tuesday, who said he appears to be in good health.
Charles Williams, who owns the property where Piper was first spotted, says he’s seen the friendly stray around for about a year. Williams plans to adopt Piper after he’s neutered and vaccinated.